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Abiy Ahmed’s Grand Palaces and the Politics of Demolition (Abebe Gellaw)

Abiy Ahmed greets his guests at the historic Menelik Palace in Addis Ababa (Photo : File)

by Abebe Gellaw

The reckless politics of destruction, helmed by Abiy Ahmed and Shimelis Abdisa, have been characterized by hasty and arbitrary decisions. This includes the unsettling directive to demolish existing structures and homes without due process, and carving out space for lavish projects like gran palaces and the proposed satellite cities. It’s disconcerting to observe these ruthless policies leaving tens of thousands of citizens homeless.

The current regime has displayed a cruel inclination towards the creation of fancy projects such as palaces and a new city, Sheger. This ambitious endeavor, expected to drain vast resources, may ironically lead to the neglect of the capital. Such a short-sighted, incongruous decision seems at odds with the immediate necessities of a nation grappling with multifaceted challenges including the impacts of the devastating war in Northern Ethiopia.

Amidst the tumult, Ethiopia has been fighting to recover from a debilitating war that wreaked havoc, death, and destruction of biblical proportions. The scale of the destruction is staggering, with substantial chunks of the country left in ruins. The war’s aftermath has crippled socio-economic structures and dramatically impacted countless lives. The real victims of this catastrophe are the millions of Ethiopians left grappling with displacement, food scarcity, and rampant economic instability. These pressing issues require swift and decisive action.

The proposition to funnel scarce resources into the construction of Sheger, while the nation yearns for recovery and restoration, is perplexing. Such a colossal project raises valid concerns about the regime’s strategic foresight and fiscal wisdom. Abiy Ahmed’s myopic endeavors could potentially stunt Ethiopia’s development, leading to prolonged stagnation or, worse, regression. The resource diversion could lead to the gross neglect of existing urban centers, thereby deepening the socio-economic divide between the privileged and the impoverished.

Rather than focusing on grandiose, resource-draining projects, the government should redirect its efforts toward rehabilitating war-torn regions. Such an approach would not only facilitate healing but also instill faith in the government, fostering national unity and solidarity. It’s critical for the regime to revisit its priorities, ensuring alignment with the genuine needs of its citizens during these trying times.

In a country like Ethiopia, where poverty is pervasive and many live in informal settlements, the abrupt demolition of homes illegally without due process can trigger severe societal implications. The alarming measures undertaken by Abiy Ahmed and Shimelis Abdisa, often perceived as politically-motivated and prejudiced actions against the underprivileged, will have significant repercussions.

Immediate displacement and a surge in homelessness are among the primary outcomes of these actions. They can lead to a drastic increase in dangerous living conditions, with vulnerable groups such as children, women, the elderly, and the infirm exposed to life-altering risks. This situation can escalate into a public health crisis, causing widespread suffering and potential fatalities.

The unlawful demolition of houses often entails grave human rights violations, including the infringement of the right to adequate housing, personal and property security, life, due process, and fair compensation for property loss. Furthermore, this can disrupt livelihoods, especially for those who operate informal businesses from their homes or depend on their location for sustenance, amplifying poverty levels and economic distress.

Mass demolition can also fracture social structures, increasing vulnerability to exploitation and abuse, particularly for women, children, and other high-risk groups. Displacement can lead to an uptick in health issues, particularly due to the absence of clean water, sanitation, and healthcare facilities. Moreover, it can disrupt the education of displaced children, putting their futures at stake.

Heightened vulnerability to crime is another by-product of displacement, with individuals potentially becoming both victims and perpetrators. This can be attributed to the desperation and instability brought on by their circumstances. Additionally, large-scale, forced evictions often breed long-term political unrest and instability, eroding trust in the government and escalating societal tensions.

It is imperative for the regime to reevaluate its strategy in light of the societal and economic repercussions that stem from its actions. Rather than investing billions into grand palaces and building a city on top of an existing one, the government should focus its resources on rebuilding areas ravaged by conflict and supporting the country’s economic recovery. This strategic shift in priorities would better align with the needs of the Ethiopian people, who are presently dealing with the aftershocks of war and the harsh realities of rampant inflation.

Historically, Ethiopia has been significantly dependent on foreign aid, and as such, must judiciously utilize its limited resources. Lavish spending on palace constructions appears to be a myopic gross misalignment of priorities in a nation currently grappling with economic hardship and urgent humanitarian needs.

The fancy palaces, far removed from the lives of everyday Ethiopians, stand as stark symbols of inequality in a country still dealing with widespread poverty. Such disparity not only raises ethical questions but also risks inciting resentment and social unrest among the population.

The government’s initiative to build a new city on top of an existing one also raises further doubts about its strategic planning and financial acumen. This grand scheme, anticipated to come at a huge cost, seems detached from the pressing needs of a nation recovering from conflict and economic turmoil. Such out-of-touch projects could deepen socio-economic disparities by diverting resources from critical services that will starve much-needed recovery projects.

It’s time for the government to step back and reassess these extravagant projects in light of the broader socio-economic contexts. Instead of committing to building grand palaces and a whole new city, it should concentrate on restoring conflict-torn regions, stabilizing the economy, and investing in essential social infrastructure like healthcare, education, and affordable housing. These meaningful actions would foster sustainable development and improve the lives of the Ethiopian people in these challenging times.

Abiy Ahmed needs to empathetic leadership, rather than repeating the blunders of the past, by prioritizing the well-being of citizens and their needs over kleptocratic displays of wealth and power. Abandoning these extravagant projects would not only allocate resources more effectively but also send a clear message to Ethiopians and the international community that the government is committed to responsible governance and social justice. 

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14 COMMENTS

  1. I looked around on the internet and talked to merchant relatives in the capital to find out where the money comes from to build the alleged national palace and the amount estimated to cost when all is said and done, I still don’t have factual numbers. I see 450 million in local currency(About 8.2 US dollars) to 45 billion in local currency(about 815 million in US dollars) as what it will cost. The other news I have been getting is the money to build the palace comes mostly from domestic business moguls. There is also another amount to the tune of 450 billion in the local currency(About 8.2 billion in US dollars). I don’t know what the real intention is with the leaders of the regime. May be PM Abiy wants to leave a lasting legacy with the new palace. But I won’t be impressed with it. No leader who took the helm since the late emperor has left a legacy to give an impressive image to the world. Someone said to me ‘How about the GERD dam started by the late PM Meles?’ I told the person who told me that he was lying. The late emperor was the one that initiated the process but could not get it started due to lack of financial resources. I was in the Middle East when the news reached Cairo that the late emperor had an Italian company do the survey to build a dam on the Blue Nile River at the same location it is being built now. I remember all the saber rattling in Al-Qahirah with like ‘Field Marshal Hakim should send 3 of his jets and demolish the late emperor’s palace and overrun the country’. That ‘fearsome’ air force was not even able to get off the ground when the tiny Israeli air force obliterated it to ashes in less than 30 minutes of a single sortie. The rumor in the hafas(hoods) of Cairo was that Hakim’s pilots were having an all night orgy with fresh imports from Azerbaijan and Tajikistan when Israeli pilot did a quick work with their jets. That survey in the 1960’s is a true legacy that will live forever. The other legacy left behind for that gem of the colored is the OAU that still denies sleep the KKK, White Citizens Council, Neo-Nazis, Aryan Nations and the rest hate groups. You know who deserves the credit for that. The rest of the leaders since 1974 have legacies of civil wars and runaway malfeasance. May be this young PM wants the future generation to say ‘at least he left us a grand palace for us to enjoy looking at it’. That is after they trounced him for doing this and that wrong. I’m just guessing.

    • Ittu Aba Farda,

      More than 22 million people in the country are starving and millions are displaced and living on temporary shelter, and the economy is so bad even those who are employed could hardly afford to eat, and you argue or try to give cover the Ethiopian Marie Antoinette, Abiy Ahmed, about some nonsense about legacy, are you out of your mind?

      Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian Marie Antoinette, telling the desperate Ethiopians who could not afford to eat bread, to eat cake, you are giving him a cover, muddying the water to say that is okay, what inhumanity, what inhumanity? Wow!!!

      The inhumanity of Abiy Ahmed is not only on building the palace while millions of Ethiopians are starving, you also try to give him cover on his use of the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF), turning it into a private criminal army to carry out mass murders, torture, imprisonment, dislocations and property distractions in the Amhara region, supported by the Oromo Special Forces – a group that has been killing Amharas and other non Oromos in Oromo region for a while now.

      The OLF, OLA – groups armed and supported by Abiy Ahmed and Shimeles Kumar, also continue to unleash death and distractions on the Ethiopian people, especially the Amharas, continue to kill and maim and destroy as they pleased while people like you are giving them covers.

      I so offended and angry while watching how the Abiy Ahmed government, along with Adanech Abebe and Shimeles Abdissa or Kumar, were demolishing humble houses of poor Ethiopians, in thousands, in some cases while the people are in the house. I was especially moved to tears watching a woman with a new baby whose house was demolished, exposing and living her and her baby completely to the mercy of the elements.

      I couldn’t imagine more monstrosity, more inhumanity than what these low lives are doing.

      It turns my stomach to watch people like you giving them covers, muddying the waters for them.

      They have now put almost every independent journalist in jail, the worst in the world.

      They are also demolishing mosques and churches and killing worshipers and more.

      Are you not ashamed of standing with this man, Abiy Ahmed?

      He is the worst leader anywhere in the world, certainly in Ethiopia, ever had!!!

      • Mekonen,

        You know, I’ve been thinking about asking you to tell me who won the World Series in 1902 and 1904. A commie once told me from his joint in St. Paul that his Minnesota Twins were the ones that won both and even the 1994 World Series. I tend not to believe that. You know commies and their descendants-turned-bigots. They either lie thru their teeth or stretch not worthy facts to spread animosity between harmonious people using ‘Orommumaa, Neftegna, Fano, extremist Oromos, extremist Amharas and Woyane’ as pejoratives. Come on help me in finding the right answer. You seem to know everything.

        • Ittu Aba Farda,

          QED!!! I have said it, clearly, you are out of your head, my friend, quite out of your head!

          You wrote: “. . . spread animosity between harmonious people. . .” who is doing that? Haven’t you heard your psychopathic thug, Abiy Ahmed, the criminal’s speech in Afan Oromo?

          He very much sounds like little Adolf, go check it out man!

          I wonder if is preparing for his speech watching old Hitler videos.

          We have a country being ravaged, a population being terrorized daily by an Oromo Psychopath, a mother with her new baby has her humble house demolished over head and thrown to the elements with no care – and you ask me about 1902, 1904 World Series???

          WTF, WTF man? Even someone mad would do much better, much better than you, Ittu.

          Have you no shame, no shame at all? Almost the whole Oromo extremists, the Oromo elite supporting them including yourself have become soooooo cruel, none of them are moved by anyone’s plight at all?

          They see the elderly, women, children, being displaced, their houses gets demolished, they are being killed, mosques demolished, churches demolished, their officials killed – none of them are moved at all!!!

          It seems all these mindless idiots say is hooray, we are getting closer to cleanse the country of all none Oromos, the Amhara child is not ad child, he is an enemy, the Amhara baby is not a baby, it is an enemy, they must be killed, or demolish their houses send them to die in the open, with cold and hunger.

          And then the Oromos would build an Oromo Utopia, where all the idiotic Oromo extremists live together and sing their greatness, and wallow in their collective and individual narcissism -is that what you do, Mr. World Series man?

          We have 22 million people who are food insecure, on the verge of hunger and starvation, and millions others who are displaced and living in temporary shelters, this maniac, this shameless psychopath, this worthless tug, your Abiy Ahmed, needs an opulent palace, the country must spend the money that it doesn’t have to build a palace for this worthless poor excuse of a human being.

          We have a leader with unheard of arrogance, extreme arrogance and disregard for the people, who creates continuous dramas in the country, civil wars all over the place.

          Abiy Ahmed’s campaigns against the Christians, Abiy Ahmed’s campaign against the Muslims, Abiy Ahmed’s campaigns to demolish the humble houses of the poor, Abiy Ahmed’s campaign to kill all Amharas – endless.

          And now the psychopath wants to build an opulent palace, the Ethiopian Marie Antoinette, Abiy Ahmed, is telling the Ethiopian poor to eat cakes!!!

  2. QUOTE: Abiy Ahmed needs to empathetic leadership, rather than repeating the blunders of the past, by prioritizing the well-being of citizens and their needs over kleptocratic displays of wealth and power. Abandoning these extravagant projects would not only allocate resources more effectively but also send a clear message to Ethiopians and the international community that the government is committed to responsible governance and social justice. UNQUOTE

    Humble Reaction, 27 May 2023
    Very good honest wishful thinking.
    Sad to say, however, it won’t happen and change to practicality.
    Ethiopia will fall down to the lowest level before retracting to sanity.
    It is not a strange phenomenon >>> with a fall of Amhara others will mushroom to test their turn.
    And that, of course, includes failures
    After all, It is human nature.
    And the damage will take a long, long, long time before it is rectified.
    In the mean time, DEAR ETHIOPIANS, ENJOY THE ATMOSPHERE.>> even if it is artificial.
    BE HAPPY & SMILE <<<<< free of charge. ha ha ha ha ha he he he he he ho ho ho ho ho ………………………..

  3. Mahibre kidusan is mahibreseytan and must be suspended permanetly by our beloved Abiy Ahmed for the safety and security of all ethiopians.
    Mahibreseytan is a terrorist organization playing religious card. Leaders and members of Mahibrekiduisan , seytanawuyan, who are waging war on peeaceful ethiopians and our best chose Ethiopian moses , PM Abiy Ahmed, must be locked behind bars instantly before causing chaos together with fano terrorists.
    Close Mahibreseytan tv forever and lock them up

    Live long Abiy Ahmed, we love you so much.

  4. Look here, infrastructures of cities and cities and towns themselves are built out of necessities arising from a given population in a given country.

    Let’s examine first the credentials of shimeles abdissa and adanech abebe. Are either one of them qualified to be a regional president or mayor?????? What are their educational backgrounds? Work experience? On what criteria were they selected for the job??? Is adanech even a resident of Addis Ababa to be a mayor???? What does she know about Addis Ababa and Addis Ababans?????

    These 2 buffoons are oromumma cadres based on two criteria: their ethnicity and loyalty to oromumma ideology of the garbage prosperity part, aptly relabeled as የብልግና ፓርቲ by Ethiopians.

    Look at the traffic congestion in Addis Ababa, look at the civil service sector, examine the distribution of basic utility services like water, electricity and garbage collection in the city. It is a failed state, a failed mayor, a failed government.

    Some fifty years ago, the Mayor of AddisAbaba was Dr. Haile Giorgis Workeneh, a US educated, civil engineer, with a PhD, a real PhD (not 7 ኛ ጨ kind) from Carnegie Mellon University.

    If abiy ahmed and his imbecilic pp were truly committed to good, accountable governance, the choice for mayor would be a qualified and experienced administrator with solid education and quantifiable work experience and verifiable curriculum vitae- not a repulsive, demagogue and barely educated pp oromumma fanatic like adanech ( who is not qualified and does not have the training, proclivity and talent to be a mayor as evidenced by her mediocrity and lack of priority, absence of accountability and embarrassing track record of embezzlement and public resources looting).

    These fools talk about mega cities while on the ground they restrict movement of goods and people, kill residents, demolish Churches and Mosques.

    They are poster children of failures and incompetence. The micro and macro economics data all indicate rampant inflation in the 40% range , alarming shrinking economic growth , the creation of 3 million additional poor Ethiopians, instability, regional insecurity. State collapse is inevitable at this rate.

    Bottom line, the regime of abiy ahmed has failed miserably and cannot be propped up by false praises and photos of green pastures. The regime is a criminal and murderous collection of gangs not accountable before the law. Their hands are all soaked in the blood of the innocent and when the book is thrown at them their fate is either to the gallows or life imprisonment. Since they dread these inevitable outcomes, they keep corrupting the barely existent judiciary branch, their mafia squad, comically called, the “federal police” “oromia police”,kidnap, torture and kill. They violate due process 24-7. They kill parishioners in Church Sacred Grounds, they attack and demolish Mosques, killing the faithful followers out of panic and sheer trepidation.

    አንድ መንግስት እኮ በራሱ የሚተማመን ከሆነ: በሁሉም ህዝብ ዘንድ ቅቡልነት ካለው ይህን ያህል ትንሽ ኮሽ ባለ ቁጥር የፈሪ ዱላውን እና የህገ አራዊት ነፍሰ ገዳይ ጥይት እሩምታውን ባልታጠቀ ንፁሃን ህዝብ አይለቅም ነበር::

    ቤተክርስታይን እና መስጂድ ላይ ጥይት የተኮሰ ብቸኛና ነውረኛ መንግስት የአብይ አህመድ: ደመቀ መኮንን: ሺመልስ አብዲሳ: አዳነች አበቤ : ተላላኪ አስመሳይ ካድሬ ዳንኤል ክብረትና መሰሎቻቸው ብልግና ፓርቲ ብቻ ነው:: እነ ነውር አያውቄ ለኢትዮጵያውያን የሚመጥኑ አይደሉም!!!!!!

  5. Abebe Gellaw – all what you described is already well known and widely recognized. For that matter, the Abiy-Shimelis government is carrying out this in a “well planned manner” as the Mayor of Debre Birhan said few months ago after the city is flooded with displaced Amharas from Sheger area.

    My question to you – what does it serve to rehash a well known fact where the government is carrying it out deliberately? I know – most Ethiopians know this fact already and the Abiy-Shimelis government will not listen your advise.

    Most Ethiopians (including myself) came to know your name because of your fierce determination against Meles. We have now a worse dectator than Meles. Where is your determination to fight tyranny? Where is your strong word to even denounce the Abiy-Shimelis brutality? Frankly, you better reflect on yourself and write something useful to help people fight this brutal regime.

    • Abebe Gellaw has been doing exactly that . . .

      We must Give credit where credit is due,

      While it is true that there was a time when he wasn’t doing much, lately, however, he has been trying to do whatever he could.

      We must encourage him to keep up the good work!

  6. University students were deployed to build temporary shelters for those the socialist gov’t forcefully removed and was about to resettle. On old YT posts those forced people talk about how many of their families that survived the long journey in packed busses with diseased weak people died in their new settlements before they could make those wild places livable. Malaria and other elements were not the only things that killed them, the wilderness being cleared manually for farms took years before the land started to give, while thousands more died. Separatist ethnic parties claimed ‘the regime was drowning the water to kill the fish (themselves being the school of fish)’. Derg on the other hand was determined not to beg for handouts for them to continue living in their places of birth. In any event those people didn’t have any choice but follow the orders of the gov’t of that time. Three decades later the survivors had made homes and a new generation was taking over. Was. They didn’t ask for anything. They were not represented in Oromia tribal land or in Amhara for that matter. They kept paying taxes and lived peacefully. In the past five years they are being killed, raped, kicked out in hundreds of thousands and state media is not even reporting their plight.

    All over Ethiopia, after school, there were no jobs available. Girls in their teens had nothing to look forward to. The only other choice was to leave the country in search of work. In hundreds of thousands they boarded planes or walked and sailed to middle eastern countries for domestic work. Much has been said about their conditions in IR media, research groups and humanitarian organizations. Other young Ethiopians flooded the roads that lead to South Africa and landed in jails of many African countries when caught without documents. At times they were displayed on TVs of some countries to be a lesson to ‘ungrateful local youth’: “Look even Ethiopians are coming here in thousands b.c. they want to live in this country and you are complaining!?” was the propaganda of many gov’ts. Ethiopian embassies in those countries didn’t want anything to do with the Ethiopians languishing in terrible jails. After years of working in foreign lands thousands were returning home with their savings to start a new life. They bought plots of land from local authorities and built their own houses. Mayor of Addis Ababa, Adanech Abiebie, who zoned-out many areas outside of the city and banned BAJAJAJs in the outskirts, came to visit them shortly before their houses were demolished. She was promising them new infrastructure to make their lives better. And then the bulldozers showed up with Oromuma police and stick wielding Qeero and destroyed their homes. As they were collecting what they could carry and leaving, Oromuma parliamentarians posted their pictures on their official FB pages with ‘chaw’ for Ciao. The gloating and the smirk of the cruel mayor of Addis Ababa was in display when she gathered her paid fans in a hall and televised the reaction: ‘no home was destroyed’ she declared. An over enthusiastic participant got up to supplement and he claimed he was born in the city, with a heavy accent that tells otherwise, and demanded id card at the end of his speech.

    (If the same thing happened in Nairobi or most other cities in Africa, imagine the massive protests and the bloodsheds that would follow)

    The local authorities that sold those plots of lands and gave permissions to build houses are still in power. The demolition squad of Shemelis Abdissa and Adanch Abiebie don’t even bother to ask their friends why they did give permissions knowing that was ‘illegal’ to do so. Would courts decide in favor of the home owners in any other country but Ethiopia?(Oromo ethnicity holders are spared the ordeal but one can’t ask for them to stick their heads out for their neighbors). The stick wielder youth is said to be from far away. Eth Human Right of Dr. Daniel Bekele sent staff to investigate and they were arrested and thrown in jail on the spot. The jails of Addis Ababa and nearby towns are now full of non-Oromo Ethiopians and mainly Amhara. In addition, there are informal jails where people are taken to and the whereabouts of the jailed are not known for days and even weeks.

    And now tortures in formal jails are being reported. Remember the uniformed police that slapped a priest a couple of months ago and caught on camera? He was saying “is it proven that was a real priest?” on the phone and that too was recorded (slapping around a none priest is OK?). It doesn’t take a prophet to predict where this Oromuma is going. And the Oromuma ‘strugglers’ are saying they can last longer than TPLF since the population of Oromo tribe is much larger than the Tigre tribe by a factor of ‘y’ ; hence 27 years x (y)= the number of years they expect their brutality to last. And then some of them are saying ‘if push comes to shove they can always declare Oromia republic and take away Addis with them’. The old church and the Muslim community are under Orommuma attack for some time now. And the Oromia map of OLA and the current one are very different in size. Seems like much of the south is going to be MOGASIZED or eliminated no matter how many centuries earlier than the Oromo migration those communities lived there. And the south is not the only place OLA’s map of Oromia claims for its new republic.

    So the Abiy supporters are trying to play ‘good cop-bad cop’. ‘Look, OLA-Shene is going to be much more brutal than us’. They’ve lost their humanity. They don’t empathize with the victims of violence at all. They’ve ready made ‘answers’ for everything and they keep repeating them. But those are not answers in real world. They don’t make sense. A couple in authority are twitting and commenting on their FB pages as normal human beings, but they are a far cry from what is necessary. The PP are now in a robotic mode and saying ‘you were supporting Abiy yourself’ when they lose arguments. And of course they hope the opposition will get tired at some point and the corrupt amongst it will approach Abiy for some stuff in return for killing the opposition like some used to do during the brutal TPLF era. (there are already some warming up for this). With today’s technology giving money to FANA and WALTA won’t cut it. Pretending to punish Prime Media is also futile no matter how many times Sisay Agena pretends to buy that. There won’t be enough jails to put the peaceful opposition in. Some accusatory phrases are getting tired already. The Addis Ababa police’s statement the other day was out of wack for example. According to AAP the Muslims at Anwar Mesjdid have no rights to protest about demolished mosques a few miles away and it wrote that and put its seal on it. And International media is picking on that. Some times you wonder about the sanity of this gov’t that is building mega palaces while totally broke.

  7. Q: What have you contributed? Why are you always part of the problem? Why not become part of the solution? What makes you more Ethiopian or more empathetic than Abiy?

    1). Abiy’s Ethiopia Palace: He is funding it with private grants. What’s wrong with that? I think it was launched before COVID/embargo/sanctions/drastic Birr devaluation, etc. He could have sat back & watched Menelik & Jubilee Palaces rot [just like others did].

    2). No homes were there! How & why did so many homes spring-up within no time? Where did the people come from? Is anyone behind this sinister scheme? It’s similar to ጃል Negadras Eskinder’s ‘movies’ made with homes built overnight for filming next day.

    3). Abiy vs. former regimes: These “World’s National Anthems for Ethiopia” summarize how the previous regimes reduced Ethiopia to “The World’s Poster Child of Famine”:
    i). Tilahun Gessesse’s: “ዋይ! ዋይ! ዋይ!” – ሲሉ – “የረሃብን ጉንፋን ሲስሉ ….” [Circa 1975].
    ii). American Artist for the Famine in Ethiopia: “We are the World!” ……. [Circa 1985].

    4). Sheger City: Addis had no City Limits. Shewa Oromos make a ring around Addis. Addis annexed their farmland/towns: Geferssa, Kotèbé, Sèbèta, Akaki-Kaliti, etc. ጃል Negadras Eskinder & Co. protested sharing Addis’ resources. Did Oromos have options?

    5). Why do I always see people like you popping-up and whining whenever Ethiopia is under siege via coordinated Proxy Wars launched by The Enemy Within [Egypt’s & WSW’s Agents: TPLF, Amara’s enemies in Fanno Hats, Oromo’s enemies in OLF Hats, etc.]? →→→ WSW: White Supremacist West

  8. More than 22 million people in the country are starving and millions are displaced and living on temporary shelter, and the economy is so bad even those who are employed could hardly afford to eat, and some cadres and mindless idiots argue or try to give cover the Ethiopian Marie Antoinette, Abiy Ahmed, about some nonsense about legacy, are these people out of their mind?

    Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian Marie Antoinette, is telling the desperate Ethiopians who could not afford to eat bread, to eat cake, there are some who are giving him cover, muddying the water and confusing things, what inhumanity, what inhumanity? Wow!!!

    The inhumanity of Abiy Ahmed is not only on building the palace while millions of Ethiopians are starving, he is also using the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), turning it into a private criminal army to carry out mass murders, torture, imprisonment, dislocations and property distractions in the Amhara region, supported by the Oromo Special Forces – a group that has been killing Amharas and other non Oromos in Oromo region for a while now.

    The OLF, OLA – groups armed and supported by Abiy Ahmed and Shimeles Kumar, also continue to unleash death and distractions on the Ethiopian people, especially the Amharas, continue to kill and maim and destroy as they pleased – most of those who are gone to kill and destroy in the Amhara region are from these force.

    I was so offended and angry while watching how the Abiy Ahmed government, along with Adanech Abebe and Shimeles Abdissa or Kumar, were demolishing humble houses of poor Ethiopians, in thousands, in some cases while the people are in the house.

    I was especially moved to tears watching a woman with a new baby whose house was demolished, exposing and living her and her baby completely to the mercy of the elements.

    I couldn’t imagine more monstrosity, more inhumanity than what these low lives are doing.

    Abiy Ahmed has now put almost every independent journalist in the country in jail, the worst in the world. Amhara intellectuals are also being hunted and put in prison.

    They are also demolishing mosques and churches and killing the officials and worshipers.

    He is the worst leader anywhere in the world, certainly that Ethiopia ever had!!!

  9. The Oromos though they are considered tribal societies by the Amhara tribal elites, they are undergoing transformations to achieve a nationhood. The ground for this transformation process was laid by the late prime minister Meles Zenawi who launched his visionary, popular and internationally acclaimed `Growth and Transformation Plan`. Transforming and developing the Oromo communities and their self ruling region received priority in the GTP. In doing so,the TPLF (Tigray) went far beyond liberating the Oromos and confirmed its commitment to the Oromos. As a result the Oromos are now laying the ground for and building their own capital. Mainly cattle herding and non-urbanized societies, their aspirations and rights for nationhood and building their own capital must be supported.

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